Parador de Gredos - Former hunting lodge (3*)
Parador de Gredos was the very first of the network of Paradors established by the government in 1928 in the idyllic location of at the foot of the Sierra Gredos mountain range on the platform of “Alto del Risquillo”. This Parador offers the perfect getaway spot in a picturesque and secluded area, surrounded by forests and magnificent scenery. Imagine spending the day hiking, fishing or riding in the winter months and returning to an invitingly warm and cosy room, with views across forests and the mountain range to remind you of the exciting day you have had. Or during the summer months, meander through the forests and by the rivers and retire at the end of the day on a terrace with a refreshing drink whilst enjoying the spectacular surroundings.
It’s not only the location which makes the Parador de Gredos a special place, in 1978 the Parador was chosen as the location to finalise the Spanish Constitution under the reign of King Juan Carlos. A trip to this Parador will not only enable you to stand where influential figures of Spanish history have stood, but to also see the plaque which commemorates this important and historic event.
The Parador de Gredos was built in typical Castillian style as a royal hunting lodge, with sturdy stone walls and pillars which emulate the rugged terrain of its surroundings. Communal areas are welcoming with large fireplaces proving a cosy atmosphere and decorated in a hunting lodge style with trophies and rifles adorning the walls. The bedrooms, some of which have balconies, are comfortable and invitingly warm in winter, which can be decidedly chilly in this region.
The Parador de Gredos’ restaurant specializes in local produce, from freshly caught mountain trout, to Avila-bred beef, and all guests should sample the famous regional bean dish, Judias del Barco.